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Computer Repair Tools, Tips, and Manuals

An informational resource for technicians who want to repair classic Macintosh computers and other classic Apple products.

These manuals are Adobe PDFs (mostly) of Apple's "Service Source" documents, which were historically distributed only to Apple-authorized repair shops. They offer step-by-step Mac repair information for do-it-yourself technicians who want to repair old Apple Macintosh computers. These documents also include Apple technical specifications, memory configuration information, and more. With a few common tools, these repair manuals are what you need to become your own Macintosh Repair Technician for classic Macs (pre-Intel.)

HOW TO USE THIS PAGE: The links on the left jump down on this page to specific sections. Sometimes the filename of the manual you want starts with, say, "Power Macintosh" -- other times, "PMac" -- other times, "PowerMac" -- sometimes with dots or underscores or dashes between words, etc. You get the idea. If you don't see what you're looking for, try a "find" (cmd-f or ctrl-f, usually) and search the text of the page for your machine's model number, or part of the name. The categories are the best I could come up with. Some things may appear in only one category but really belong in two -- for example, the combo manuals that cover some model of Mac and also a Performa based on the same internal hardware. So if you have a Performa, you'll have to pick through these a bit.

SEARCH FEATURE -- for example, to find a PDF that mentions "Pismo" (the nickname for the Powerbook G3 Firewire), just type it into the Google box on the left. :) In several cases, you can then use the "View as HTML" link and quickly search the page for what you need, then decide whether to download the whole PDF. A nice option for low-bandwidth users. Thanks, Google!

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Service Manuals for Clones

Power Computing service manuals provided by Apple. Thanks once again to A.A. Fussy for the link! Local copies here as well:

PowerBase Low Profile 180/200/240: [PDF]
PowerCenter Low Profile 120/132/150: [PDF]
PowerCenter MiniTower 132/150/166/180: [PDF]
PowerCenter Pro Minitower 180/210: [PDF]
PowerTower Pro 180/200/225/250: [PDF]
PowerWave Desktop 120/132/150: [PDF]
PowerWave Minitower 120/132/150: [PDF]
PowerBase Minitower 180/200/240: [PDF]
PowerCenter Low Profile 120/132/150: [PDF]

StarMax User Guide (has more technical info than you'd expect)

StarMax FAQ (courtesy of The StarMax-Talk List at Yahoo) -- includes information about where to get PRAM batteries, among other things.

Power Computing utils -- a .sit.hqx (Stuffit Binhexed) file containing two utilities, "PCC Logic Boards" and "PCC DriveGuide 1.0"

Take-apart info The only procedural info I've been able to find! Photos and descriptions of various hardware upgrades.

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